Owner plans to mothball Maltby

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THE closure of one of the country’s last remaining deep coal mines came a step closer today when the owners proposed that the site be mothballed.

Hargreaves Services said Maltby Colliery in Rotherham, which has been producing coal for more than 100 years, was no longer viable on health and safety, geological and financial grounds.

The board is proposing that the pit, which employs around 500 workers, will be mothballed, putting all employees at risk of redundancy.

The company said it will continue to consult with unions and asked for any alternative proposals to be tabled by November 30.